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08/17/2012

Texas adds 17,800 jobs in July

Texas employers added 17,800 jobs in July, the 24th consecutive monthly gain, but the state’s unemployment rate still rose to a seasonally adjusted 7.2 percent last month from 7 percent in June, the Texas Workforce Commission said today. In the past year, the state has added 222,500 nonfarm payroll jobs, enough to lower the Texas jobless rate from a seasonally adjusted 8.1 percent in July 2011. In the past two years employers added 457,700 new jobs, TWC said.

In Fort Worth-Arlington, the jobless rate was unchanged from June at 7.3 percent, but down from 8.3 percent a year earlier. Those figures are not seasonally adjusted. The comparable unadjusted state jobless rate in July was 7.5 percent. Statewide, the category of education and health jobs grew the most, adding 12,600 positions in July and 45,200 in the past year. Private employers in July added 9,100 jobs from June, while governments added 8,700, countering a longer-term trend of lower employment. The booming energy industry helped Midland record the state’s lowest jobless rate at 4.2 percent, while McAllen-Edinburg-Mission was the highest at 12.3 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay

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